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UFO Studies (CUFOS) is particularly poignant for me as the former
RICHARD HALL Assistant director of NICAP. It is welcome news (see my article in this
Editor issue).
MUFON, CUFOS, APRO, CAUS, and the Fund for UFO Research
(which resists using the acronym FUFOR) increasingly lead the way in
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United States UFO research, constantly developing closer bonds in a
LEN STRINGFIELD cooperative effort to tackle the sticky problem of UFOs. This is a
Associate Editor good trend, considering the state of the economy and the fact that
money to support UFO research is spread very thin. We look forward
Contributing Editor to further consolidations and mutual cooperation, nationally and inter-
Director of MUFON

DAVE WEBB In this issue
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Religion and UFOs
By Greg Long
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Landing Trace Cases By John E. Zeller
UFO Propulsion By Lucius Parish
Staff Writer By Walt Andrus
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(Additional investigation assistance con- ' unusual characteristics and maneuvers

tributed by }. Allen Hynek and Paul Cerny,
that he observed, plus the elec-
Western States Director) tromagnetic (E-M) effects on his air-
craft navigation and radio equipment
Two different nighttime sightings
in the second sighting.
of a similar or the same aerial object
were made by a young pilot based in
Sighting No. 1
the Novato, Calif., area on November
5, 1980 and August 8, 1981. The first The first encounter took place at
took place over the northern portion 9:30 p.m. P.S.T. on November 5,
of Lake Berryessa E by NE of Novato 1980, over the northern part of Lake
.in Napa County, and approximately Berryessa near Lake Intersection of
50 miles due north of Oakland. The V-87 flight path (aircraft navigation
second, on the night of August 8, maps). At the witness's request for
1981, was encountered near San Luis anonymity, we will call him John Dr. Hynek and Pilot Witness
reservoir in the western section of. Taylor.
Merced County, about 45 miles John was returning from Chico, ject extremely streamlined, smooth,
southeast of San Jose in the lower bay Calif., from the north on a heading and bullet shaped at the nose. The
area. Both sightings were at night as almost due south at about 8,000 feet rounded nose area was glowing and
the young pilot was returning to and was flying IFR (Instrument Flight pulsing a vivid orange. The pulse rate
home base in the Novato area from Rules) even though it was clear all was once or twice a second. The rest
charter flights. Both times he was around him. There was an overcast of the main body and tapered end
alone in a single engine low-wing area off his left wing to the east at were a constant glow of a lighter
Piper aircraft. roughly 12,000 feet. Scanning the sky orange. The most unusual feature of
I have known the pilot for years. around him for other aircraft, as any the strange craft was a spinning ring
He was a student of mine in both the good pilot does, he spotted a light at of red, blue, and white light that was
8th and 9th grades for Physical his 7:30 o'clock position. He called whirling around the main body just
Science and Earth Science. He was fly- Oakland FAA Center and asked if behind the base area of the bullet
ing gliders as a 9th grader and was an another aircraft was near his position. nose portion, as if it were an almost
outstanding student. He now has over Oakland Center informed him they invisible propeller spinning at high
2,000 hours of flying and is a flight in- knew of no other aircraft at that loca- speed (see sketch). No other details or
structor. He wishes to have his name tion and nothing showed on radar. features, such as windows or protru-
withheld because he wants to get a The light seemed to be 3 to 5 miles sions were discernible. The ring speed
job with the airlines and feels that if away. would increase as the UFO ac-
his name is used it will hinder his Shortly after the radio exchange celerated.
chances of getting a job. He is almost with Oakland, the light began to in- The object then increased in color
20 years of age. crease in intensity and he realized it and brightness at the same time
The pilot is a person of outstanding was rapidly approaching him. It shooting forward to about 3 miles
character and I have absolutely no moved parallel to his 9:00 o'clock ahead of Taylor's plane at unbe-
reason to disbelieve him. During the position, pacing him off his left wing lievable speed. It then made a tight
first interview I had an observer, a at a distance of about a half mile. It vertical right angle turn without slow-
non-believer in UFOs, who stated stayed there for 15 to 20 seconds dur- ing and shot straight upward at
that she believed what the pilot had ing which time Taylor managed to tremendous speed, disappearing from
said. get a good look at his.visitor in the sight in about 5 seconds.
The character of the pilot, the ac- dark night sky. Taylor did not recall During its initial acceleration away
celeration changes observed, and the seeing the moon out that night, from Taylor's aircraft, the object went
unusual appearance of the UFO make possibly due to the partial 12,000 foot through a rapid shape transformation.
this an outstanding case. The pilot had overcast and his close attention to the The object changed from its clearly
little knowledge of the UFO phenom- UFO. defined outline to a glowing bright
ena prior to these experiences, thus What he saw was an elongated
adding more credibility to the tear-drop-shaped orange glowing ob- ' (continued on next fiiye)
Ringed UFO, Continued

ball of orange light in roughly 3

seconds before it ascended vertically
and disappeared. Alongside Taylor's
plane, the object appeared to be ap-
proximately 45 feet in length, 15 to
20 feet in diameter and the whirling
ring 30-35 feet in diameter.
Taylor called Oakland Center
again, briefly describing what he had
experienced. The Center mentioned
that they had been getting reports for
the past few nights from the San Jose
area, south of his location. The con-
trollers were curious about the
sighting. .
Five minutes later, now over the
southern end of Lake Berryessa,
Taylor saw the UFO again. This time
it was at his 6:30 o'clock position. He
wanted to make sure he was not see-
ing some kind of reflection, so he
turned off the. inside and outside Piper Archer II model that experienced E-M effects
lights. With the lights off the pilot
could still see the UFO. He then
flight to Palm Springs, Calif. Again he perfectly, without missing a beat.
banked the plane to the left and was
was flying IFR, mainly for practice, At the time, Oakland Center radar
able to see the reflection of the glow-
which he often does on his night had the Piper aircraft on their screens,
ing object on top of the left wing. He
flights. before and after the sighting, which
told Oakland Center the object was
The sky was perfectly clear, the lasted approximately 5 minutes. Dur-
near him again, and they told him
first quarter moon had already set ing this time the object would move
they would try to vector other air-
beyond the horizon. The strange across his path, shoot up, cross over
craft to his position for a confirming
"ringed" teardrop UFO showed up his path and down. It would cross his
look at his unusual aerial companion.
this time at his 10:30 o'clock position path again and repeat the maneuver.
Taylor's aircraft and the UFO were
as he flew along at an altitude of ap- It was as if the ringed UFO was mak-
still in a clear sky area with a 12,000
proximately 7,500 feet. He tried to ing a box in front of him and around
foot overcast. The object again shot
call Oakland Center to report the his path. It would also drift back, then
forward going though the same shape
presence of the UFO but discovered shoot forward.
transformation, passed Taylor's plane
that both communications radios Taylor maneuvered his plane a
and again made an instantaneous 90°
were not functioning. A quick check number of times when the opportun-
vertical turn, then shot up through
showed that both navigation receiv- ity came, to get a better and closer
the overcast. An airliner at 22,000
ers were also not working. look at the craft. On one occasion he
feet saw it come up through the over-
The digital read-out on the DME was able to move to within 500 feet.
past. Oakland.-Center asked if the
(Distance Measuring E q u i p m e n t ) This closest approach was made from
pilots of the aircraft wanted to make a
started changing numbers, then went behind and below. He could see the
report on the object, both declined to
blank. Becoming alarmed about all spinning ring very clearly at this posi-
do so.
this sudden equipment failure Taylor tion, along with 'its red, blue and
then turned a radio switch to "test" white colors. The coloring looked like
Sighting No. 2
and turned up the volume in an at- a rainbpw effect. When he came to
On August 8, 1981 at 2:30 a.m. tempt to at least hear static noise within 500 feet, the object would pull
P.D.T. near San Luis reservoir, some level. There was none on either head- away from him, seemingly sensing his
45 miles airline southeast of San Jose, phones or speaker. All this time the approach. •
John Taylor saw the same or*a similar UFO held 'its 10:30 position ahead Just before the object accelerated,
"ringed" UFO for a second time. and off his left wing, estimated from the ring would spin faster and almost
Taylor again was flying a low-wing one-half to one mile distance. .Con- vanish. The orange color of the craft
Piper aircraft on a .V-107 air. map cerned about all the apparent E-M ef- would intensify also, especially at the
heading toward the northwest. He • fects on the electrical instrumenta- nose. The pulsing increased in tempo
was returning to the Novato aVea tion, it was gratifying to know that
north'of San Francisco from a charter the engine continued to function (continued on next page)
Object ,--saiae appearence
Ring--Red S Blue Nov 5, 1980-Aug 8,1981
to White
Spinning "Ring"
of light s
of Flight

Orange glow.

Acceleration cycle-
3 to 5 Sec. if 1 to 4
(l)Pulsation Increases.Ring Bright
rev's up to incredible speed. Orange
Object begins to glow bright-
ly. (2) With increasing speed see. (4) Object now totally
ring begins to vanish. Object unrecognizablet takes on a
continues to take on a very fireball appearence. Light is
bright glow. (3) Pulsation is now very bright orange.
absorbed and is replaced by Object now accelerates away
overall increase in light. at tremendous speed, then
Original shape now hard to vertical and out of sight.

Flight path £ relative Nov 5th 1980 Aug.8th 1981

position to plane 11-5-80 Sighting

Vertical flight at Directly behind S below

V. tremendous speed— object at about 500 Ft.
>^ O2>ject was out of
^ sight in 5 seconds Excellent view of ring.

Jnstantaneous vertical
course change-about 3
miles ahead of" aircraft

3 to 5 seconds
Acceleration Good view from
approx..3 Sec. right side of
plane-1000 Ft.


Afteri the erratic mariuevers,

Object paced object now pacing aircraft
plane^l5-20 sec. off the left wing. Aircraft,
now manuevered behind and.
below for closer look i,
By Richard Hall

(Note: The author was Assistant Director ers. The new Board has assumed cer- Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, USMC
and Acting Director of NICAP in the period tain obligations, including the respon- (Ret.), acquired the services on its
1958-1967.) sibility to provide a newsletter or Board of such nationally known
publication to the remaining NICAP figures as Rear Admiral Delmer S.
At a Board meeting in January members. NICAP will remain a Fahrney, USN (Ret.), former chief of
1982, the Board of Directors of the separate corporation at least until Navy guided missiles, and Vice Adm.
national investigations Committee on debts are retired and other financial R.H. Hillenkoetter, USN (Ret.),
Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) resigned matters are settled, and then its future former Director of the Central In-
and a new Board was elected. Sher- will be decided. It could become a telligence Agency.
man Larsen, former president of subsidiary of CUFOS, or be absorbed Because of its Washington location,
NICAP's Chicago Affiliate, was totally, if not maintained as a separate NICAP had access to the national
elected president; Fred Merritt vice- entity. news media and cultivated many con-
president; and John Timmerman NICAP has a long and colorful tacts in Government agencies and in
secretary-treasurer. The move was history. At its peak in the 1960's it Congress. As its reputation grew,
the culmination of a friendly acquisi- had approximately 14,000 members highly qualified witnesses including
tion of NICAP, and the new Board and was receiving, and investigating, airline pilots, scientists, and engineers
members all are officers of CUFOS as more UFO reports each year than the began reporting their sightings to
well. Air Force which had official respon- NICAP and these were used as
In effect, CUFOS has acquired all sibility for UFO investigation. leverage to prove the seriousness of
the assets of NICAP, particularly the Formed in 1956, a period in which the UFO problem to Government of-
extensive UFO sighting files which UFOs were all but a "dead" issue, ficials. By the 1960's, contacts in the
will be archived by Mr. Larsen and NICAP achieved national prom- Air Force, State Department, and .
ultimately made available to research- inence in 1957 when the Director, (continued on next page)
Ringed UFO, Continued perfect working order. No E-M varia- Kyl96/197; 1st Nav, King KN 53
and the object got brighter with each tion on the equipment was noticed Loge Indicator 1000; 2nd Comm/Nav
pulse. The shape of the UFO would during the sighting regardless of KX 175B Indicator KI 205 (King).
gradually be absorbed into what ap- various aircraft and UFO positions Problems occurred with most of this
peared to be a big ball of fire, all relative to each other. e q u i p m e n t d u r i n g the second
within a few seconds. It passed Strangely enough, these two sight- sighting.
through this sequence of changes dur- ings occurred before and after the Dr. J. Allen Hynek, (Center for
ing the acceleration as it shot forward, February 1981 rash of sightings of UFO Studies, Director) visiting the
then again made a vertical 90 degree glowing red aerial objects seen for San Francisco area November 19,
turn straight up and disappeared from about a week in the vicinity of the 1981 for a television appearance, also
sight. San Jose, Calif., airport. This included interrogated the witness and taped
Taylor now noticed that all his aircraft pacings, one right in the traffic the interview.
radio equipment was again function- pattern. Even though this witness was the
ing normally. Contact was then made The airplanes and equipment in- only observer aside from the two
with Oakland Center and he learned volved in the two sightings were as airline pilots in the one encounter
they had been concerned because his follows: who refused to identify themselves,
plane had gone off the radar screens .November 5, 1980 — The airplane his sincerity, honesty, and credibility
during the maneuvering of the UFO involved was a 1980 Piper Turbo seem unquestionable.
in front of him. The object itself Saratoga SP. 1st nav radio was a King The unknown object involved was
never showed up on the Oakland RNAV KNS80. 1st com radio was a described in such detail that it seems
radar scopes, but somehow did block King KY196/197 and the 2nd Nav/- to exclude any known natural phe-
his aircraft out at the time. Oakland Com was a King KX 175B. The flight nomenon. We believe this witness to
Center was informed about the in- control panel was a KC 200 system. be truthful in describing the incidents
truder, but these controllers showed No problems were encountered with as he has. Since he does not wish his
no interest, or perhaps no belief in any equipment on the plane during name used publicly, he is not seeking
what this pilot related to them. this sighting. notoriety in any way but felt he
The radio and navigation equip- August 8, 1981 — The airplane should report the strange object and
ment of the aircraft were later was a 1980 Piper Archer II. The its unusual behavior to science in-
checked over and found to be in equipment was 1st Comm/King vestigators. D
oriented management and acquired
NICAP, Continued the services of John L. Acuff, an en-
even some intelligence agencies often trepreneur whose business includes
referred UFO cases to NICAP. The managing several small associations.
high caliber information and NICAP's Initially not very well informed on
reputation for conservatism and UFOs, Acuff alienated the Affiliate
discretion, in turn, impressed many and Subcommittee leaders who con-
newsmen who increasingly used stituted the backbone of the organiza-
NICAP as a primary news source on tion, and one-by-one they resigned
UFOs. During sighting waves, the and joined APRO, MUFON, or (later)
NICAP office typically was beseiged CUFOS. He made a conscientious ef-
by newsmen. fort to reorganize NICAP on a self-
After Congressional hearings in sustaining basis, but the severe talent
1966, a long-time NICAP goal, a drain and the general decline in public
review of the Air Force UFO pro- support, as well as the assertion of
gram was ordered and this ultimately leadership by the other groups, con-
took the form of the University of tributed to the decline.
Colorado UFO Project headed by Dr. During the early 1970's NICAP
Edward U. Condon. Initially, NICAP continued to function and to publish
cooperated fully with the Project, worthwhile information. Its reputa-
providing thousands of substantial tion was such that a Pentagon "Deep
case reports and other information. Throat" leaked the now-famous 1976
As it gradually became clear that the Iranian jet-chase case to NICAP, and Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, USMC
Project leaders only wanted to be able when the New Zealand movie film (Ret.) 1978 photograph.
to say that they had NICAP's cases, was taken in 1978, it was NICAP that
and that they had no intention of New Zealand and Australian in- worked so hard to compile that UFO
studying them objectively, NICAP vestigators and newsmen turned to data base can take pride in the ac-
withdrew its support and began an all- for analysis. But these were excep- complishment, and know that it will
out effort to combat the apparent tions, and the other groups now continue to be a valuable resource.
whitewash. In doing so, it nearly dominated both in information- NICAP played an important role in
bankrupted itself and began a slow gathering and in investigative and UFO history; but people made
decline. research talent. NICAP. The remaining viable UFO
Under Major Keyhoe's leadership, By about 1976 rumors were afloat groups provide the current leader-
NICAP was essentially an action that NICAP had put out feelers about ship, and the survival of NICAP as an
organization — not a business — and merging with one or more other UFO organization is no longer important.
it got definite results. It had formed a groups, and its declining resources At one time NICAP was the thin red
highly effective national and interna- were a matter of public record. In line battling for public awareness
tional investigation and information 1972, for example, it sustained a net against total obfuscation of the sub-
network rivalling that of Air Force in- operating loss of $9,928.91 and its ject. That situation no longer exists.
telligence. Administrative documents 1973 budget for "general research" CUFOS is to be applauded for its ini-
in the Project Blue Book files now was $00.00. In 1978 the author par- tiative and the important action it has
held in the National Archives include ticipated in extensive discussions and taken.
plaintive comments about what a negotiations with the NICAP Board The new address is: NICAP, P.O.
thorn in the side NICAP was to the and was being considered for the post Box 607, Lima, OH 45802.
Air Force, constantly beating Air of President under a new coalition ar-
Force investigators to the scene of rangement involving CUFOS and
important sightings, conducting thor- MUFON. But the negotiations fell Letters to the Editor are invited on
ough investigations, and publicizing through and NICAP continued on as any aspect of UFO information or
the results. This often embarrassed basically a paper organization for reporting in the journal. Please restrict
the Air Force, as did NICAP's na- three more years. them to 400 words or less. Other
tional publicity disputing Air Force The acquisition by CUFOS now responses to published articles may be
findings and negative statements assures that the valuable NICAP in a "Comment" or "Note" up to
about UFOs. s i g h t i n g f i l e s (an e s t i m a t e d about 2,000 words or about 6
The negative conclusions of the 10,000-15,000 first-hand, investigated manuscript pages (typed, double-
Condon Report, however, dulled reports and a large quantity of other spaced). On controversial topics, after
public interest and NICAP found important information) will be each side has had its say, a "50 % rule"
itself fighting an uphill battle merely preserved for posterity and the data is applied and each succeeding com-
to survive. The board at this stage will be available to UFO researchers ment is restricted to half the wordage
elected to seek a more business- at some point. Those of us who of the previous comment.
By Greg Long
(© 1981 by Greg Long)

The Yakima Indian Reservation in

south-central Washington State has
been the location of concentrated
UFO activity for many years. Since
1972 W.J. (Bill) Vogel, an associate
with the Center for UFO Studies, has
documented numerous cases of noc-
turnal lights and close encounters.1'2
Fire lookouts, whose jobs require
meticulous and cautious observation
of the 3,500 square miles of Indian
lands, have had many of these UFO
Two of these lookouts have 29
years of seasonal fire-watch ex-
perience between them. Dorothea
Sturm, a lookout at Sopelia Tower
from 1962 to 1965, has served at
Satus Peak Lookout since 1966.
Louise Kutz has been relief lookout at Yakima Indian Reservation. Locations of lookout stations and UFO
both stations (except for one year) sightings are indicated, along with major landmarks and population
since 1972. Gladys McDaniel, retired centers.
for many years, served 14 years at
Signal Peak Lookout and four at Kutz sometimes have "feelings" of im- the southern edge of the Reservation
Sopelia. All three lookouts have pending fires. "You don't mess (see Figure l).
Yakima Indian lineage. around when you get those feelings," Sturm and Kutz usually observe
The responsibility of fire lookouts Sturm said. "You just look with the these objects between 10 and 20
demands near-constant vigilance. binoculars until the tears almost run seconds. Generally, the lookouts spot
"You're always watching," Sturm told out of your eyes." Above all, look- the balls accidentally while turning
me. "When you go off duty, you outs on the Reservation scrutinize their heads during watch. Rarely do
watch. When you go to bed at night, very carefully any smoke they sight the balls afford long, studied observa-
you wake up four or five times dur- before acting. "A lookout always has tions. Teasingly, the balls go out as if
ing the night and look around." the horror of calling in a fire when it's a light were switched off before the
Trained and experienced in the use not a fire," Sturm said. lookouts can use their binoculars.
of maps, firefinders and knowledge- Not surprisingly, then, when Sturm "I'm convinced those things know
able of landmarks and the telltale and Kutz sight odd reddish-orange or when you're talking about them,"
signs of fires, the lookouts can direct yellowish-orange balls at night float- Sturm said, recalling that several
firefighters and equipment, including ing in the air at various locations over times when she and Kutz alerted each
helicopters, to fires in the quarter- the Reservation, they are puzzled, other by radio of the presence of the
quarter section of a square-mile especially since these objects are in objects near the goat Rocks, the balls
region of land. When a fire is visible rugged, unpopulated wilderness ter- "went out."
to more than one station, the lookouts ritory. Two locations that are In the summer of 1979, Sturm and
"cross-shoot" (triangulate) the source, "favorites" of these balls are in higher a visitor observed a ball the color of a
assuring precise location of the fire. In elevations — the Goat Rocks just out- harvest moon hanging stationary on
addition to observing, the lookouts side the northwest corner of the In- the horizon. The object went out in
file weather reports twice a day and a dian lands; and the buttes and valleys less than half a minute. "I don't know
third report on the wind in early west of the timberline that divides the why but I said, 'Come back, come
evening during the summer months. Reservation approximately in half back.' There it was again!" The
July and August are the months of and north of the Simcoe Mountains
highest fire potential, and Sturm and that form a natural boundary along (continued on next page)

Yakima, Continued fire had the color of flames but didn't
witness watched the object another behave like a fire. Suddenly the fire
15 seconds before it vanished perma- "rolled itself up into a ball" and rose
Estimated sizes of UFO
nently. The balls also seemed to be up into the air 'where it hung sta-
tionary, changing colors from orange
aware of the approach of an outside
observer during the heavy UFO ac- to yellow, until it "went out like an awakened at Satus Peak Lookout one
tivity period of 1972 to 1974.' electric light." night by a white "glow" so bright that
The balls are usually seen in Fires have definite motion — they the interior of her cabin lit up. A
August, September, and October. flicker, growing bigger and dying out roundish cloud, about 12 miles east of
Two balls at most are sighted together as combustible material is provided the station and at 40 degrees eleva-
at one time. and consumed. One is prompted to tion, was alternately dimming and
theorize that these balls pose as "fires" brightening. An indistinct object
The circles drawn in Figure 2 are
to taunt their observers. Sturm has seemed to be behind the cloud. At
lookouts' estimated sizes of the balls
awakened in the middle of the night times the cloud intensified more
when observed from distances be-
to red "glows" coming from behind brightly than at others. Sturm
tween 10 and 30 miles. When closer, t
buttes, to an apparent fire on the watched the cloud for 30 minutes un-
such as amid the buttes north of the
south slope of Toppenish Mountain 4 til it finally dimmed out into nothing.
Simcoes, some balls seem quite large.
air miles east of her lookout which There was no moon that night.
The balls are most often observed
mysteriously disappeared after 5 Lookouts and others on the Reser-
hovering above the buttes and the
minutes -of viewing. McDaniel testi- vation have also observed another od-
fied to seeing a "burning building" dity. Several times Sturm has seen
Recently the balls made a curious
that fell apart in flames. Yet when a what she can only describe as very
appearance. At Sopelia Tower on July
helicopter arrived, the fire was gone, bright "flashes" or "beams" of light
4, 1981 at 10:10 p.m., Kutz was
leaving no evidence of scorching. come out of or go into canyons or
observing a lightning storm south of
On the night of July 20, 1974, groups of trees at night. Once she
the Reservation over the Columbia
Sturm puzzled over a red glow on the observed from Satus Lookout a
River. She saw a bright, orange light
bottom slopes of Mount Adams far to "white light like a real, real bright
hovering above a ridge along the
the west. She watched the glow a beam" flash down from the sky at an
river. After 15 seconds, the light went
long time until it went out. Later that angle and enter Wilson Charley Can-
out. Soon another light appeared
night a forester called on the radio yon northwest of Sopelia Lookout.
slightly west of the first light's posi-
from the valley and said that he had The lookout at Sopelia witnessed the
tion. This too went out.
seen what looked, like a fire near same phenomenon. At other times,
At 10:30 p.m. Sturm believed she
Mount Adams but that it was gone Sturm has seen a similar bright flash,
saw a bright orange light southwest of
when he arrived home. like the effect of a "transformer blow-
her vantage point of Satus Peak and
Just before 9:00 a.m. weather check ing" (but not as brilliant), come out of
north of the Simcoes. Could this be
the next day, Sturm was looking west certain canyons. These sightings
the "State" (non-Reservation) fire that
in the direction of Mount Adams, lasted a split second.
a third lookout at Signal Peak Look-
wondering what she had seen the McDaniel also saw-"blue flashes" in
out had reported moments before?
night before, when suddenly a long, the sky during her years as a lookout.
Looking through binoculars showed
light-silver or gray cigar-shaped object Before the flashes started, the sky
otherwise. She took an azimuth shot
appeared in flight just west of Mill took on a strange pale-green, misty
before the "fire" went out. Soon a sec-
Creek Guard Station, travelling from cast and seemed to form a "big cur-
ond light appeared, traveling south-
south to north. She grabbed her bin- tain." Then the flashes began at
east to northwest near McKay's Butte.
oculars and watched the object dis- various places on the "curtain," going
It too vanished.
appear behind Deer Butte 12 miles on and off as if practicing or signaling
The next morning Sturm sighted
away. The object never appeared on to one another. McDaniel recalled
her line of shot and discovered that
the other side. observing from Sopelia Tower these
the "fire" had been on Mount Hood,
70 air miles southwest in northern sky and flash effects occurring east of
Other Oddities Goldendale (a town 20 miles south of
Oregon. But the mountain was snow-
covered, and snow doesn't burn. In addition to hovering orange balls the Reservation) and west of the Han-
An ambiguous but tempting rela- and fire-like glows on the ground, the ford Project from her vantage point.
tionship seems to exist between these Reservation seems to have a unique The effects lasted up to 30 minutes,
balls and what seem to the eye to be class of phenomena related more to and eventually the sky returned to
counterfeit "fires." One dark night light and cloud effects than to objects normal and the flashes ceased.
Gladys McDaniel noticed from Signal in the "standard" UFO sense. For ex- McDaniel has seen lightning of
Peak Lookout a "big blaze" south of ample, the guard at Mill Creek Guard various colors, and believes that what
Mount Rainier near Packwood "strung Station saw a "glow" travel overhead
out" along the side of a mountain. The at night. At another time, Sturm was (continued on next page)
Yakima, Continued
"Not Just a Light" distance beneath the clouds where
she saw was not lightning, strobe
she saw "an illuminated row of square
lights, or the Northern Lights. • Sturm's cigar-shaped object and
windows." The windows, three to
A little after midnight one summer, McDaniel's "rocket" suggest "craft" of
five in number, were not lit them-
McDaniel thought that lightning had some kind. On September 29, 1978,
selves; rather, illumination seemed to
awakened her, for something was Louise Kutz witnessed an event that
be falling on the "casings," outlining
making colorful effects in the sky. in her mind was clearly distinct from
the shapes of the windows and com-
Stepping just beyond the door of the generally short-lived nocturnal
ing from solid light that appeared to
Sopelia Tower, she saw a "rocket" light phenomena that she is so
be on the opposite ends of each win-
hanging motionless east of her in a familiar with. In her words, taped on
dow. The windows at the far ends of
clear sky marked by a few small October 3, 1978: "I have really and
the row seemed "fuzzed out." Kutz
clouds. The altitude of the object was truly for the first time seen something
later compared the brightness of the
approximately 1,800 feet. She sur- other than these fast-traveling white
windows to that of an illuminated
mised later that the object, because of lights, I mean something I really saw
clock at night.
its position, could have come out of and know was there, I mean some-
In a few seconds, the windows
Shenando Canyon. The bottom of the thing apart from just a light."
faded out, and the original oblong
rocket was like dull, dark metal and At 11:00 p.m. Kutz turned the
light reappeared with its surging
was tipped a little, showing a dark television off at Satus Peak Lookout,
lights. Kutz wanted to radio someone
underside punctured with little holes. prepared for bed, and while stepping
but thought that if she did the light
From these holes a fanlike spray of to the fridge for a glass of water,
would go out. After about 5 minutes,
"steam" or "exhaust" poured out in glanced through the west windows
the lights dimmed out, and a line of
red, white, green, and blue colors. But and noticed a bright, orangeish light
individual red lights "flipped on"
something was strange about the ex- similar to a car's distant headlight, but
from right to left. After about 4
haust — it sprayed out in separate twinkling, in the direction of Goat
seconds, everything went totally
"dashes" or "broken lines." McDaniel Rocks. The object was much bigger
dark, and a single green and red light
stood amazed for several minutes, and brighter than a star. She sat down
started toward her from where the
thinking how beautiful the colors on a bench in front of the heater, and
UFO had been. Through binoculars
were. Then suddenly, like a "cat bracing her arms, looked at the object
Kutz observed no object attached to
awakening," the colorful fan extend- through 7 x 50 binoculars. Without
the lights, and she went outside on
ed downward and lengthened, a them, she held up her finger and
the catwalk and watched the lights
"stretching effect" that lasted a sec- sighted along it to see if the object
pass north of her. One or two white
ond, and then the rocket and the ex- was moving. Satisfied it wasn't, Kutz
lights appeared at the "back" of the
haust went out. closely studied the object which was
object. None of the lights blinked.
Sturm watched a reddish glow an oblong-shaped solid light.
The object moved at "a pretty good
behind Simon's Butte one evening She noticed, however, that in the
clip," and she could hear a faint
through the firefinder. "I always rest middle of the light various multi-
motor. She watched the lights pass
my elbows on the firefinder, which is colored lights having all the hues of
over Highway 97, and went inside
in the center of the lookout to steady the rainbow swelled and surged.
the lookout cabin without watching
the binoculars as I look through them, These lights were extremely beautiful
them further.
and look. Then this rocket-thing shot and Kutz exclaimed out loud in awe.
"I came in, and I couldn't go to
up in the air from behind the butte, Later she would compare the lights to
sleep," she testified. "I went over it
and that was all." a "fountain spilling out." She watched
step by step in my mind, and since
Twice during the summer of 1981, the pulsating lights for about 45
then I've sat there and said, 'Louise,
Sturm saw "blue-green" objects like seconds; then everything faded away.
you didn't see what you saw. You just
meteors traveling at low elevation Wondering if. she would see any-
think you saw what you saw.' " Total
about 10 to 15 degrees above the thing else, she kept looking at the
sighting time — about 15 minutes.
horizon. She insisted they weren't same spot through the binoculars.
During this time, the UFO never
meteors because of their excessively The night was starlit although not
slow speed. bright — the moon was not out. For
What was the object that passed
Sturm saw orange balls — much the first time, she noticed a few long,
north of her? The UFO itself? An ob-
smaller than those spotted elsewhere flat, thin clouds above the horizon of
ject from the UFO? A plane from the
on the Reservation — bounding along the Goat Rocks. Haze prevalent in the
vicinity of the UFO? Whatever the
a ridge north of Fort Simcoe. west earlier in the day had moved
object was near the Goat Rocks, it
McDaniel witnessed from Signal Peak north and east of Satus Peak, leaving
was big, Kutz estimated, given her
Lookout similar balls about the size of the west clear except for these clouds.
distance from the object, the size of
ping-pong balls bounding along the Two or three seconds passed, and a the oblong light and the windows,
ground on Satus Peak and along Top- glow lit the underside of the clouds, and the distance between the win-
penish Ridge. Sky conditions were and Kutz's eyes were drawn almost
clear. simultaneously to a black space some (conlinued on next page)

Yakima, Continued
"shrill" sound passed over the top of UFOs. Another time, Sturm and Kutz
dows and the illuminated clouds far Satus Peak Lookout, its duration that were sure that a UFO had landed
above it. of a car passing a house out on the when they saw a beam of light shin-
Bill Vogel determined that no Air highway. Both Strum and Kutz heard ing up over the edge of Satus Peak.
Force refueling planes, often UFO im- the sound; it was definitely not the They: ventured a look and discovered
posters, were present in the vicinity. wind or an aircraft. Kutz has heard a an electrical repair truck with its
A few nights t later, Sturm witnessed sound several times that she can only spotlight on; its occupant had come to
through binoculars from Satus Peak describe as "happy little voices sing- work on the microwave station. One
Lookout a row of square lights, like ing" in the distance near Satus Peak evening Kutz had an overpowering
"train windows," float by between Lookout. She reasons that the sound conviction that UFOs would make an
two buttes. Illuminated from the in- could be the result of atmospheric appearance. They did — as the
side; the lights went behind a butte conditions. Years ago, three other Northern Lights.
and never came out. lookouts, including Larry George,4 Such reactions are normal in a set-
heard a "woman screaming" near the ting where even seasoned observers
Other Strange Things station. One lookout walked down can often be fooled by the vagaries of
the road and called; no one respond- nature, and where UFOs have made
Dorothea Sturm's first UFO
ed. so many appearance's that a general
sighting occurred between 1962 and
Sturm, Kutz, and other lookouts (and understandable) anticipation of
1965. While at Sopelia Tower, Sturm
have heard "underground sounds" or their "arrival" becomes second nature'
brought along her younger daughter
"rumblings" like the sound of an old to the observers as each year they
who slept on a cot' near a window.
logging truck pulling up a hill and eagerly begin a new fire-watch
One night her daughter insisted again
never getting to the top. The sounds season.
and again that she "Look at the thing
seem to come from deep within the Yet Sturm and Kutz know full well
up in the sky!" Losing her patience,
ground. Two Washington State geol- the tricks of atmospheric distortion,
Sturm finally stepped to the south
ogists who visited Sturm on Satus the characteristics of astronomical
window and observed a "light-
Peak testified to hearing similar bodies, and the familiar configura-
colored light" like a star traveling
sounds in the mountains of Montana. tions of aircraft lights and the
back and forth from west to east and
They offered no explanation. behavior of manmade craft. Interac-
east to west high above the Columbia
Two times at Satus, Sturm smelled tions of sunlight with smoke or haze
River/ stopping each time before
an "awful odor" like a "stinky can lend a reddish or orangeish cast to
resuming its flight, until after 2 or 3
hogpen" pervading the air. One planets or stars, which requires a sec-
minutes, the object vanished "like
morning she heard a noise like a ond look to distinguish these from the
turning out a light."
"scream" or "holler" down in the can- orange-red balls over the Reservation.
On June 22, 1981, about 9:35 p.m.,
yon. Kutz has detected a sickening, Extra-bright planets call for careful
Sturm was sitting at the table at Satus
awful, pungent odor (not that of a discrimination, and Sturm and Kutz
Peak Lookout and looking north. She
dead animal) at the same station. "I separate the green and red lights,
suddenly saw a large, bright white
can't say I do or don't believe in strobe lights, blinking lights, and the
light float down from the southeast
Bigfoot," Sturm cautioned. "I just flight patterns of aircraft from noctur-
and enter a small, thin, dark cloud
don't know." nal lights. Neither lookout has any
that was hanging over Ahtanum
A part poodle and terrier dog that idea what the objects on the Reserva-
Ridge or Yakima. The light never
often stays with the lookouts at Satus tion are. They simply want to know.
came out. It should have, Sturm at-
Peak has inexplicably whined appre- Lousie Kutz said: "I want to get to the
tested, since the cloud wasn't very
hensively while sleeping at the top of answer. You know, fear of the
big. The object wasn't traveling as fast
the stairs. The dog is normally placid. unknown is worse than fear of the
as a meteor.3
A visitor's pet chihuahua went known."
While at Signal Peak Lookout one
around a corner of the Satus Peak All three lookouts have observed
night, McDaniel noticed a light, like a
road one day and mysteriously ball lightning on the Reservation, the
"street light," sparkling through the
vanished in broad daylight without a most likely candidate, if any, for the
leaves of a tree and positioned over
sound or trace of struggle. mysterious reddish-orange balls. But
Cedar Valley to the south. She decid-
the ball lightning they have seen has
ed to signal the unusual light with her
Afterthoughts always been associated with lightning
flashlight. When she did, a red-orange
storms, unlike the fleeting UFO balls
ball the size of a basketball came from Sturm and Kutz laughed at the
they have witnessed. Lightning bolts
the direction of Cedar Valley, circled memory of some embarrassing mis-
identified fires and UFOs. Kutz once "drill" • into the ground, spewing up
the cabin once, and connected with or
entered the - light, whereupon both interpreted the effect of distant water red-hot plasma like spray from a
vanished. sprinklers spraying water as smoke. disturbed pond/These balls of various
In October 1979 late on a dark The sun and moon shining through
evening, a "high-pitched whine" or a clouds have given the appearance of (continued on next page)

Maccabee reported that the national
BOOK REVIEW board now has approved three addi-
During the fourth quarter of 1981, tional grants for (l) an analysis of
Paranormal Borderlands of Science, the Fund for UFO Research disbursed Spanish physical trace cases, (2) a
edited by Kendrick Frazier (Buffalo, $1,500 as the first installment on an compilation and astronomical analysis
NY: Prometheus Books, 1981), 469 intensive study of a group of abduc- of pre-1947 UFO sightings, and (3)
pp., $12.95 paper. tion reports. The study is being con- research, compilation, and analysis of
ducted by Ted Bloecher, Budd the 1896-97 "airship" reports. Unfor-
A survey of the paranormal and Hopkins, and Dr. Aphrodite Clamar. tunately, if all three projects were
"fringe science," ranging from psychic In addition, $200 was awarded to funded in full, it would seriously
trickery to astrological claims, con- Stanton T. Friedman for a search of deplete the Fund's resources. There-
sisting of 47 articles from the quarter- recently declassified government fore, the Executive Committee is
ly The Skeptical Inquirer. Most of the records and $100 to Leonard H. negotiating with the grantees to make
articles are hard-nosed investigations Stringfield to assist with telephone ex- phased payments that would allow
testing claims and checking facts. penses in his crash/retrieval report in- them to get the projects underway.
The section on UFOs includes an vestigations. Tom Benson has completed a slide
article by James Oberg debunking At the January 29 Executive Com- presentation and accompanying text
UFO claims by astronauts and a short mittee meeting, Chairman Bruce S. for an educational UFO program that
Oberg piece showing that a National can be used widely for lectures to ser-
Enquirer UFO report was clearly a Of special interest elsewhere in the vice groups and other public au-
returning satellite, David I. Simpson's book is Ernest Taves' review of Ray- diences. After some review and possi-
criticism of the poor quality of the in- mond E. Fowler's The Andreasson Af- ble revision, the package probably
vestigation by UFO organizations of a fair, criticizing Fowler for "a failure to will be available later this year under
staged "UFO hoax" in England, An- ask obvious questions," such as not terms yet to be decided. The Fund
thony Standen's note on 'The Seman- exploring the sexual symbolism of granted Mr. Benson $578.56, in-
tics of UFOs," and two pieces by Betty Andreasson's story as a possible cluding some unanticipated expenses,
Philip J. Klass. explanation. — Robert Wanderer in February.
instant lookouts alert each other of to the window? How long would it
Yakima, Continued their presence over the radio? Was it have "performed" for her daughter?
sizes bounce along the ground and coincidence that the ball reappeared Was the UFO "performing" for other
dissipate in seconds. when Sturm pleaded for it to 'Come witnesses?
When a visitor, then, to Yakima In- back'? And finally, if in some cases a
dian Reservation eliminates usual What were the chances that Sturm "cognizance" occurs between a UFO
identified flying objects (IFOs) from would see the cigar-shaped object she and the percipient, what is being
consideration as UFO imposters, what did the day after she had observed a "known" — by either party?
is he to make of this rich UFO red glow on Mount Adams — and
"menagerie"? while at the same time wondering
1. Long, Greg. "Yakima Indian Reservation
Perhaps a game is being played, what she had seen the preceding Sightings." MUFON UFO Journal, No. 166,
and a "message" being "sent." Harley night? Dec. 1981.
Rutledge, Chairman of the Physics Sturm told me that on the evening 2. Vogel, W.J. "UFOs on the Yakima Indian
Department at Southeast Missouri she saw apparent "train windows" Reservation " Center for UFO Studies Bulletin,
Spring 1981.
State University, gradually lost his (and only a few days after Kutz's 3. One night Bill Vogel observed from the out-
skepticism about UFO existence dur- similar observation), she (Sturm) had skirts of White Swan a moving, bright orange
ing several years of field observation been watching through binoculars all light that split into two lights which subse-
of the phenomenon. He concluded day. "I don't know why, but some quently went out. Shortly afterwards, a fast-
that more was involved during his moving pinpoint of white light suddenly
days you spend all day with the
descended from the sky and approached a
(and fellow colleagues') active binoculars looking around," she said. trailer park situated between himself and Satus
research than "measurement of Did the "train windows" take "advan- Peak. Vogel momentarily took his eyes off the •|
physical properties of UFOs by tage" of Sturm's behavior and inten- light. When he looked again, the white light
dispassionate observers. A relation- tionally appear in her field of view, was gone. In its place was a white, phosphores-
ship, a cognizance, between us and cent glowing cloud. The cloud began moving.
thus making sure she got a "good
As it did, it began dissipating, leaving
the UFO intelligence evolved. In my look"? phosphorescence behind, which eventually
opinion, this additional consideration Are the UFOs having "fun" at the disappeared. (Personal conversation, August
is more important than-the measure- lookouts' expense by posing as 1981). *
ments or establishing that the phe- "fires"? 4. Long, Greg. "Memories of a Lookout: UFOs
nomenon exists."5 How long would the starlike object on the Yakima Indian Reservation." MUFON
UFO Journal (to be published).
Do the reddish-orange balls pur- over the Columbia River have con- 5. Rutledge, Harley, Ph.D. Project Identification,
posely vanish before binoculars are tinued to make its methodical hor- The First Scientific Field Study of UFO Phenomena.
brought to bear on them, and at the izontal passage if Sturm had not gone (N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1981), p. 232.

By Ann Druffel

"Mistakes" in UFO Contacts

"Mistakes" by alleged UFO in- yons area of California, they were Without a word, Jan roared the car in-
telligences are not commonly returning late at night in the spring of to life and sped down the mountain.
reported. If we are to judge by 1956 from a vacation trip at Lake Neither she nor Emily spoke until
thousands of close encounter reports Isabella, Calif. They were driving they had negotiated the winding road
made by reliable and reasonable along the Ridge Route (Highway 99), and were near a familiar restaurant at
human witnesses all over the world, which is a winding highway through the base of the mountain. Then they
we could assume that UFO in- the mountains from Bakersfield. This ' began to talk excitedly, exchanging
telligences (whoever or whatever route is much traveled even at night information about what they had
they may be) accomplish their con- by trucks transporting goods between seen and felt. They concluded that
tacts with perfect planning, unswerv- the widespread cities of California they had both experienced the same
ing purpose, and unmatchable skill. In and neighboring states. The head- things, but the episode remained
other words, "they" know what they lights of the numerous trucks began totally inexplicable for many years.
are doing and do it flawlessly. , to hurt Jan's eyes as she drove. Seeing Hypnotic regression was per-
Once in a while, however, a a wide rest stop, they pulled off the formed on both witnesses in 1976
witness is convinced that the close ap- highway and went to sleep in their when the case came to researchers' at-
proach by a UFO is a "mistake" by its car, intending to continue their tention many years later. Jan was
occupants. Two of these alleged journey home when the traffic unable to achieve a sufficiently deep
"mistakes" have come to my attention thinned out. hypnotic state to recall any clear pic-
during the past 7 years. The first, sur- Some time later, Emily was abrupt- ture of what might- have happened.
facing in 1976, was a curiosity to me. ly awakened from sleep by a bright Emily, however, proved to be an ex-
I had never heard of "mistakes" made yellow-white light shining in the left cellent subject and during a session on
by UFO beings, but since the rear window of the car. She assumed March 24, 1976 with W. C. McCall,
reported, case came from an extreme- it was a trucker pulling off the M.D., relived the experience in all its
ly perceptive witness, I published it in highway, but to her surprise she terror and mystery. During the recall
the literature.1 Now, as of this date of found herself unable to move. She'd of memories, she received a very
writing (Dec. 20, 1981) another al- gone to sleep lying on the passenger strong impression that a "mistake"
leged "mistake" has been reported by side of the front seat, while Jan was had been made and almost shouted
what seems to be a reliable and equal- sleeping sitting behind the steering this fact out to the investigators pres-
ly intelligent witness. wheel, her head resting on the win- ent.
It would be interesting to see if dow beside her. Emily heard a loud, Later, in debriefing, Emily clarified
these two cases have any aspects in whirring sound somewhat like an this unusual statement. She felt con-
common. // mistakes are being made electric generator. Its.piercing tone vinced that three humanoids, tall and
by some UFO beings during interac- seemed somehow related to her inex- black-garbed, had parked a large,
tion with the human race, these plicable paralysis. Then she felt the lighted craft farther back in the rest
mistakes can provide clues about car being shaken from side to side and stop and one of them had approached
motive and purpose of UFOs, equally received an impression that a large, the car. He looked in the rear left win-
as much as "perfect" contacts can. dark humanoid shape was on the left dow of the automobile, and had
The first mistake referred to above rear of the car looking in at her shaken the car from side to side, for
was published in The Tujunga Canyon 5-year-old son who lay sleeping on what reason Emily could not discern.
Contacts. For the purposes of at- the back seat. She did find herself somehow
tempted correlation and also for the Jan also saw the bright light and "tapped" into their telepathic com-
benefit of those readers who may not was aware of total paralysis munication and discerned that the
yet have seen this book,2 I will presumably produced by a high pierc- humanoid's two companions stood
reiterate the essential facts of this ing noise. She also felt the car shake. some distance from the car, calling
unusual case. This state of affairs continued for (mentally?) to their companion and
According to the two women per- some minutes; then suddenly the urging him to leave because a
cipients, Emily Cronin and Jan noise and bright light vanished and "mistake" had been made.. They
Whitley,3 who were at the time of the the shaking stopped. The two wit-
sighting residing in the Tujunga Can- nesses were then able to move. (continued on next page)

"developed" enough to pursue the prevented from looking at the light
California Report, Continued
question further. She felt warned that directly, and the second because the
repeatedly told the inquisitive one she would be unable to determine or light vanished after a fraction of a sec-
that they must continue on to their distinguish between "good" entities ond's direct viewing.
proper destination. Eventually the and "evil" entities involved in UFO 5. In both cases, the witnesses were
curious humanoid left the car and re- activity. She was convinced, how- metaphysically inclined, regularly
joined his fellows. ever, the intelligence who had mis- used meditative techniques, and re-
These were the essential factors on takenly appeared in her room was ceived information about the nature
a "mistaken" contact with in- essentially benevolent. of the occurrence during altered states
telligences from an unknown source. Ms. W., upon arising, found her of consciousness.
The case remained, to my know- face severely reddened and her eyes 6. In both cases, the apparent in-
ledge, the only "mistake" reported in bloodshot and painful, as if from a telligences were benevolent or at least
UFO literature until Dec. 19, 1981, bad sunburn. The next day small non-malevolent.
when Ms. C. W.4 of Orange County, blisters formed all over her face, but What the above possible correla-
Calif., contacted me, asking for help this cleared within a few days. She of- tions mean I cannot conclude. What
with a difficult situation. fers additional witnesses to confirm the nature of the "mistakes" were is
According to Ms. W., her eyes had the damage to her face and eyes. Her equally tenuous. We have only the
been rather severely injured during eyes did not improve, however. She impressions of the witnesses to give
an encounter with a very bright has gone to several doctors who con- us clues. In the first case, Emily
"shape" which appeared in her firm conjuntivitis and tissue damage Cronin felt that the humanoid had ac-
bedroom in May 1981. She was with various tentative diagnoses from quiesced to its companions' urging to
awakened abruptly from a sound allergies to infections. Her father, a stop exploring the car at the rest stop.
sleep and, for a fraction of a second, chemical engineer, was of the opinion Then, when the humanoid's investiga-
glimpsed a very bright orange glow- that she had somehow received radia- tion continued overlong, the other
ing object standing across the room tion burns, but the doctors she con- two entities decided that they had
near her closet. The shape was not sulted did not seem to understand or made a "mistake" in agreeing to stop
really solid, but more "cloud-like" in accept her statements regarding the and at that point began to urge their
nature, but it was oval, about 7 feet apparent source of her problem. colleague to come along. It was my
tall and 3 feet wide. Ms. W. obtained At the time she contacted me, her own suggestion, however, that the
these dimensions by comparing the eyes seemed infected as though with entities might have stopped to check
object's -size to the nearby bedroom a bacterial infection, which she sur- out Jan and Emily's car because Jan
door. mises began because of the initial had been involved in another CE-III
The cloud vanished almost instan- damage and sensitization of the eye with another young woman, Sara
taneously after Ms. W. opened her tissues. I referred her to Richard M. Shaw,4 in a Tujunga Canyon cabin in
eyes. She was surprised and intrigued, Neal, Jr., M.D., a Los Angeles physi- May 1953, scarcely 3 years before.
but felt no fear. She had trained cian who is conducting in-depth phys- Sara's hypnotic regression, in 1975,
herself in metaphysical techniques iological/psychological research on yielded the information that Sara (and
and instantly went into a meditative alleged injuries stemming from close also Jan?) had been "marked" by
state, receiving the information that encounters, and she was also put in black-garbed aliens who examined
the appearance of the cloud-like ob- touch with other CE-III witnesses in the two witnesses aboard a Saturn-
ject had been a "mistake." Her this area who claim eye injury shaped UFO. This "marking," accord-
meditation also yielded information resulting from close UFO approaches. ing to Sara, was partially for the pur-
that the cloud had intelligence of Since these are the only two cases pose of "tracking," somewhat as
some sort in or about it, and she in- in my extensive experience where animals are tracked by wildlife re-
stinctively linked it to UFOs. mention of a "mistake" on the part of searchers.5
Although she is not particularly alleged UFO entities has surfaced, 1 Had the black-garbed aliens, in the
knowledgeable about UFOs, she had was curious to see if any correlative spring of 1956, stopped to investigate
viewed a documentary on the subject factors were possible. The following Jan's car and found her companion to
that same evening before retiring. She aspects of each case seem similar: be not Sara, but Emily? Had they
feels that the object was some sort of 1. In both cases the witnesses were therefore determined that a "mistake"
UFOlogical phenomenon but has no women. had been made and so went on their
opinion as to whether it was an actual 2. In both cases the witnesses were way? In searching for a logical reason
entity, a craft-like manifestation, or asleep just before contact, and abrupt- why a "mistake" was made, a wide
whatever. ly awakened. number of speculative answers could
She deliberately continued medita- 3. Both cases involved bright light be surmised.
tion immediately after the incident, sources. The nature of the "mistake" involv-
asking if she could be permitted con- 4. Both lights were inadequately ing Ms. W. is likewise tenuous, but
tact with the intelligence, but re- perceived — the first because the
ceived the answer that she was not witnesses, being paralyzed, were (continued on next page)

By Brent Raynes

UFOlogy has become a rather science. The theory that an advanced theory most astronomers seemed to
selective and specialized interpretive extraterrestrial technology is visiting prefer the steady-state theory, which
process that seeks scientific ter- earth is, understandably enough, a gave our universe an eternal quality.
minology that provides a "nuts and very appealing intellectual exercise No less than Albert Einstein was
bolts" definition and sanctioning. for modern, technological man. It is a among those who resisted the
From our present cultural standpoint, perfect buffer against the despairs of evidence for the big-bang theory in
such interpretation provides a reassur- uncertainty and ambiguity that emotional language.
ing sense of definitional control and modern man so despises and fears. 1 hope I have made my point as to
certainty over the situation if we can The unknown, therefore, can be the fallibility of human reason
associate its various components with reconciled and accepted by man only molded by. existing cultural forces of
hypothetical notions that properly once it has donned the suitable, condi- whatever particular epoch he may be
correspond to our common sense and tioned appearances of something a part of. In this vein, I will now pro-
known and familiar. ceed to explore an area of my own
California Report, Continued There was a time when science UFO-related studies that contradicts
the witness was left with the impres- disregarded accounts of stones falling the notions held by hard-line "nuts
sion that it was a mistake in judgment from out of the sky and labelled such and bolts" traditionalists in the UFO
on the part- of the manifesting in- stories as "old wives' tales." Thomas field, offering my brief digression in-
telligence. She received something on Jefferson, back in 1801, reportedly to the subjective powers of human
the order of an "apology," although it declared that he would sooner believe assumption as justification for my
was nothing like an apology in human that two Yankee professors had lied straying into an admitted realm of
terms. We can only speculate that the than to give any credence to such ac- subjective, paranormal experience.
intelligence was apologizing for in- counts. Galileo, unable to fit comets "What if they (the UFOnauts)
advertent harm done to Ms. W.'s face into his cosmology, outrageously sug- know the secret of life and death?,"
and eyes, since this seemed to be the gested that the reports were at- ponders Mrs. Shirley Fickett of
only unpleasant consequence of the tributable to reflections of hazes that Ellsworth, Maine. "Suppose there is
contact. rise up from the earth and into the an etheric plane that .we; go to after
Therefore, tentatively, we might sky "higher than the moon." The first death, and the aliens know this plane
suggest that the "mistakes" in both known military inquiry into UFOs well?"
cases were errors in judgment, rather goes back to Japan in 1235 A.D., For Mrs. Fickett such speculation is
than in technology (such as the al- when one General' Yoritsume and his not idle whimsy. Back in 1969, she
leged saucer crashes being extensive- men observed strange lights perform- experienced a peculiar series of •
ly researched by several investigators ing various maneuvers in the sky. He psychic situations. .It seemed as
seem to be). promptly ordered an investigation though some alien intelligence was
// mistakes in judgment are being and soon his experts had determined "training" her in "astral projection."
made during UFO contacts with that the lights had only been stars During this time there were episodes
humans, it would be well worth our swaying about in the sky from the in which it seemed that the spirit of
time to study these cases. Any readers force of the wind! her deceased father was trying to
or researchers who have heard of Most reluctantly we sometimes communicate with her. On one occa-
other reports involving "mistakes" of come to terms with the truth only sion as she was partially leaving her
this sort are invited to correspond when it has become manifestly ob- body, she saw an entity of very odd
with this writer at 257 Sycamore vious and can no longer be disre- appearance in her bedroom. It stood
Glen, Pasadena, CA 91105, U.S.A. garded. Such is the case with modern roughly 4 feet high, she felt that it
astronomy and the accumulating was male, and it had a coconut-shaped
NOTES AND REFERENCES evidence supporting what has head with two slits for eyes and a tiny
1. In The Tiijiinxu Canyon Caiihiclt, jointly become known as the expanding- slit around where the nose would be,
authored by Ann Druffel and D. Scott Rogo
universe or big-bang theory. Accord- but there appeared to be no mouth.
(NJ: Prentice-Hall, I960), $9.95.
2. Book available through publisher and also
ing to this concept, our galaxy, along All of this high strangeness reached
through the Center for UFO Studies, UFO In- with neighboring galaxies, resulted a climactic point on December 8,
formation, P.O. Box 1402, Evanston, IL 60204, from a stupendous explosion of 1969, when Mrs. Fickett left her
price $11.45 including mailing costs. hydrogen gases perhaps some 20 physical body and astrally, it seems,
3. Pseudonym used to preserve witnesses'
billion years ago. "1 would like to re- went to a house several blocks away
4. Pseudonym to protect identity of witness.
ject the big-bang theory, but I have to (she was residing in Portland, Maine,
5. Druffel and Rogo, <>/'• "'•• for extensive face the facts," an M.I.T. astronomer
documentation and study of this 1953 case. stated. Previous to the big-bang (continued on nexl i'n$e)

scholarly book, Flying Saucers: A to be an entity — a mysterious "being
"Soul Ships?" Continued Modem Myth of Things Seen in the Skies. of light." Robert Anton Wilson
at the time) where she saw a man, In it he soberly cautions his readers describes in his book, Cosmic Trigger,
whom she realized was .the spirit of that despite the technological era in The Final Secret of the Illuminati, how
her father, embracing a young boy which we live UFO appearances may while receiving apparent telepathic
unfamiliar to her. Then her "astral make people feel uneasy because the communications from UFOnauts
body" was quickly transported back old notions that such things are back in 1973-74, he also encountered
to her physical body, whereupon the portents of a "great dying" still have a these astral "being of light" appari-
"astral" of the boy appeared in her foothold on us. tions. He remarked how his entities
bedroom. "I held my physical hand In 1969, Merton Haskell of Paler- compared to those perceived by near-
out in acceptance to receive him, or mo, Maine, described to me how as a death percipients.
let him know I did," Mrs. Fickett young boy, back in the early 1930s, Are we splitting fine semantic hairs
states. "He then vanished." he and his parents, on about a dozen in our assignments of rigidly special-
It was not long afterwards that separate occasions and over about a ized categories and definitions? Can
Mrs. Fickett feels she discovered who 2-year period, observed mysterious we really comprehend the causes
the boy was. In a casual conversation pulsating balls of light, generally the when we've not yet really correlated
she had with a stranger, she learned size of a "ten quart water pail." His and compared all of the symptoms?
that he believed that his son was ex- "mother, who has since passed away, On the night of January 6, 1976,
periencing psychic phenomena. As it verified the story for me as well. three women from Liberty, Ken-
turned out, this was the boy Mrs. 'The last time anyone ever saw it tucky, shared in an extraordinary
Fickett had encountered astrally. was the night my grandfather died UFO experience. It was Mona Staf-
Though she at first felt that the situa- and it was sighted by my father on a ford's thirty-sixth birthday, and
tion was of a strictly religious context, stone wall, a line between our farm Louise Smith and Elaine Thomas ac-
the boy's description in November and the next," Haskell explained. companied her to the Redwood
1972 of a beam of light striking him "This was the closest it ever got to our restaurant in Lancaster, some 30 miles
and pinning him down in his bed property. It was never seen by northeast, to celebrate the occasion.
drew her attention to the UFO aspect. anyone after that." As they were returning, at about
During the experience, he claimed More recently, in 1978, S.W. 11:30 p.m., along route 78, their car
that there was a high frequency noise Pierce, a respected businessman in was paced by a huge domed, disc-
in the air and that the hands of his Waynesboro, Tennessee, described shaped object. Smith, who was driv-
electric clock spun wildly around. for me how as a young man living in ing, suddenly found that the car was
Not long after Mrs. Fickett had Lauderdale County, Alabama, he was out of her control, and with her foot
documented this episode in her files walking alone one night along a rural removed from the gas pedal it was ac-
she read the account of Uri Geller country road when he saw a "fiery celerating up to 85 miles per hour!
published in Psychic magazine, describ- red" ball of light hovering a few feet Then the next conscious realization
ing how Geller had allegedly been above the roof of a house. "It looked the women shared they were arriving
struck by a beam originating from a bigger than a regular basketball," he in Hustonville, with no memory of
UFO.shortly after his third birthday. recalled. The next day he learned that having driven over an 8-mile stretch
Recognizing the similarities, Mrs. a baby, suffering from some illness, of road, and with approximately 80
Fickett began considering the poten- had died in that very same house minutes of time not accountable.
tial implications of it all. around the time he had observed the Weeks later, under hypnosis, the
The notion that mysterious aerial inexplicable apparition. women recalled how the car had been
objects may be. connected with an For centuries there, have been levitated by a brilliant blue beam into
afterlife is actually an ancient concept. stories about luminous apparitions the UFO. Onboard the craft the
So:called "soul ships" cruise the night associated with deaths. In recent women were then forced to submit to
skies, according to the old legends, years, a number of qualified medical apparent physical examination and
picking up the souls of the recently researchers have investigated these testing .. . some of which was ap-
departed. Today millions embrace as accounts. In Life After Life, the author, parently most unpleasant.
true the Biblical accounts of how Jesus Dr. Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., On September 26, 1978, Elaine
Christ was bodily resurrected after explains that near-death percipients Thomas died of a heart attack. On
death. The Bible describes how Christ typically describe the appearance of a Tuesday, October 23, 1979, while
was "taken up" and disappeared into a light. At first the light, which usually engaged in a long-distance telephone
"cloud," and relates how He will one only the percipient perceives, is dim, conversation''with Ohio UFOlogist
day return "in like manner" from the but gradually it grows brighter until Jerry Black, one'of the principal in-
sky (Acts 1:11). becoming brilliant. Usually it is a pure vestigators on this case, he explained
Modern man critically. views the white light : and the percipient to me'that hie had just been down to
situation from a psychological orien- describes an but-of-body experience • Kentucky, 3 days before our tele-'
tation. Back in 1959, the late Swiss in 'which he is drawn towards the
psychiatrist, Dr. Carl G. Jung, wrote a light, like a magnet, which turns 'out ' ' (continued on next page)

"Soul Ships?" Continued
phone conversation, doing more
follow-up on the case. While there he • ,: • By John E. Zeller
had again spoken with Mona Stafford • ' (MUFON Field Investigator)
who told him that while Elaine had
been in the hospital, suffering chest Government Camp., is located ap- balcony and saw a disc-shaped object
pains, that a nurse and a woman pa- proximately 50 miles southeast of apparently within a mile and about
tient had witnessed "light beams shin- Portland, Oregon, on Highway 26 at 35-40 feet in diameter. It had a
ing in the window" and a single light about 4,000 elevation on the south rotating red and yellow light on top.
"bouncing off the walls and ceiling." slope of Mt. Hood. About 2,000 feet The lights in the valley below also
Allegedly Elaine Thomas told the two higher up is Timberline Lodge, con- were yellow and red, and moved
women not to be frightened, that it nected by a steep 6-mile stretch of- slowly except for' sudden bursts of
was just the UFO entities, and a few road, in a popular ski area. speed much faster than a helicopter as
hours later she passed away. About 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 7, 1981, they, seemed to "hug" the terrain
"They are from the planet Orion Bob Marshall of Government Camp closely.
and are coming to take me away," a stopped across from Chuck Coufal's At the service station below,
12-year-old boy in New Jersey, dying service station after sighting an object Chuck .Coufal was very busy when
of a brain tumor, reportedly declared moving from SW to NE toward Mt. Marshall crossed the road and pointed
when a mysterious light had mater- Hood at about 1,000 feet altitude. He out the object, and he first thought it
ialized above his bed. When in New alerted people at the service station, was a blimp. But then he realized it
Jersey, back in April 1977, I had the and they attempted to watch it with was something unfamiliar. Coufal, 31,
good fortune of meeting one of the binoculars. The UFO moved very had been in a demolition unit in the
witnesses to the strange light that ap- slowly over the trees to a point near Army and claimed to have a good
peared over the boy's bed on another Timberline Lodge, then turned to the perception of sizes and distances. He
occasion. The boy was having a con- SE, now appearing football-shaped, described the UFO as' saucer-shaped,
vulsive seizure and my informant and and disappeared behind trees. 150 feet in diameter, 50 feet in depth,
another man looked after the boy as a Marshall called a friend, George with a vertical- "wall" about 10 feet
nurse left the room to call a doctor. Brady, at the Lodge and learned that wide separating the top and bottom
As they stood with concern by the he had been watching .three lights halves. He judged the closest
boy's bedside a luminous bar of light maneuver in the valley below when distances to be 300 yards away and
appeared over the bed. "It started as a the call came. They had been per- 200 feet above the ground.
minor light blue light, became forming extraordinary maneuvers. Coufal thought the UFO was mov-
brighter blue, and then turned white," After hanging up, he went out on the ing about 10 mph steadily, with no
he recalled. 'Throughout all of this wobble. It appeared smooth and
time, even with the white light, it entity encounter in 1967. Under hyp- metallic and its only light came from
didn't show any brilliance on the wall. nosis she described how she was the setting sun. He wondered if there
It then diminished in a blue and went •ushered into the presence of a huge was some connection with hunters'
out again, and by that time he had bird, resembling an eagle, perhaps 15 reports that deer known to be in the
relaxed." feet tall, and how an intense fire area were gone. Afterwards, he saw a
The boy's father was celebrated reduced the big bird to a pile of ashes, military jet fighter over the area of
UFO contactee Howard Menger. then a large gray worm emerged the sighting.
Essentially, much of the UFO from out of the ashes. In Fowler's Elaine Haggerty, another witness at
message appears to be a symbolical research he discovered that Mrs. An- the station, thought the UFO had a
one, with considerable emphasis dreasson's vision had much in com- slight wobble. She described it as
focused on a death/rebirth theme. A mon with the symbolic death and silver, metallic appearing with a pale
Canadian newsletter devoted to al- rebirth of the ancient Egyptian yellow glow around it, not reflected
leged telepathic communications re- Phoenix. The Phoenix of legend was light from the sun, and said it sudden-
ceived from UFOnauts, printed this also reduced to ashes by fire and then ly moved off at unbelievable speed
message: "There is no reason to go emerged as a worm, from which a — faster than anything she had ever
back, through the life-death cycle new Phoenix would grow: seen. She noticed that other motorists
again if you but listen to your own Whether literal or psychological, pulling into the station .were asking if
salvation, to step into the light,, and physical or visionary, the UFO ex- anyone there had seen'-what they had
blend evenly with this light." perience 'often produces psychic reac- seen. One motorist also said he had
In Raymond E. Fowler's The An- tions similar to those of persons who just seen a large herd of deer crossing
have .experienced "cosmic . con- :
drtasson Affair, Massachusetts. the highway. •
housewife Betty Andreasson is sciousness." This complex aspect Three days later Bob Marshall's
regressed under hypnosis to recall needs, to be carefully studied and wife, Gwen, was looking out a" large
details that had for some reason should be of. tremendous interest and
become repressed regarding a UFO/ concern to social scientists. (continued on page 19)

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in Others' Words
The December 29 issue of National had to be re-written in recent years in UFO reporting, having begun
Enquirer reports that UFOs are alleged- (based largely on discoveries in our publication in 1948, less than a year
ly responsible for the deaths of four own solar system), it seems a bit risky after Kenneth Arnold's historic
Brazilian hunters. Two of the victims to speculate on conditions existing in sighting of "saucers" in the Pacific
were found to be drained of blood. other planetary systems. Also, Hen- Northwest. The first few issues car-
Mysterious underwater objects dry seems quite reluctant to take any ried Arnold's report of his observa-
("phantom submarines") are the topic UFO abduction cases at face value, so tions as well as his investigations into
of an article in the January 5 Enquirer. this bias must be considered in other cases. Since those early years,
Swedish authorities claim that 68 such evaluating his writings. Fate has carried hundreds of articles
"sub" reports have occurred in their The 1896-97 "airship" reports con- on all aspects of the UFO subject.
territorial waters since 1975. Excerpts stitute one of the more fascinating Publisher Gray Barker has recently
from Budd Hopkins' book, Missing episodes of UFO history, as I can per- put his computer to work and has
Time, are published in the January 12 sonally attest from having read liter come up with a reference work which
and January 19 issues of Enquirer. The ally hundreds of accounts from this will be of considerable value to
Virginia Horton case —' one of the period. It is unfortunate, therefore, researchers wishing to locate specific
book's most fascinating reports — is that the first book to deal specifically Fate UFO articles. A. UFO Guide to Fate
detailed. with the airships is, at best, in- is an 8Vi" x 11" (printed horizontally)
The Star for December 29 gives an complete. If you are not familiar with spiral-bound publication which lists
account of a British policeman who the reports, Daniel Cohen's The Great all the articles chronologically, by
underwent hypnotic regressions to Airship Mystery might prove helpful in subject, by title, by author, etc. It also
bring out the story of his apparent ab- providing a general background of includes a list of book reviews from
duction by UFO entities. the airship topic. But, to those who Fate, plus lists of typical illustrations,
UFO researcher Lee Speigel con- have familiarized themselves with the UFO photographs and advertise-
tributes an article to the "Anti- subject, the book will be something ments. All Fate issues from 1948
Matter/UFO Update" section of of a disappointment. Cohen has mere- through 1980 are covered in the com-
January OMNI. Speigel's report con- ly rehashed the reports which have puter project. The price for the guide
cerns radar-visual sightings of UFOs been found by various researchers, is $32.50 and copies may be ordered
over Edwards Air force Base in without having done any readily from Barker at: Box D, Jane Lew,
California on October 7, 1965. Up to discernible probing of his own. In ad- West Virginia 26378.
one dozen UFOs were seen over a dition, he omits pertinent details of
period of 4 Vi hours. The same section several cases, while totally ignoring
of the February OMNI issue has an others which are fully as worthy of Oregon Ski Area, Continued
updated report on the CashyLandrum study.
UFO event which occurred near In his final summary, after rejecting window of their home overlooking
Dayton, Texas on December 29, the concepts of "secret inventors" and the ski bowl when she saw a saucer-
1980. extraterrestrial visitors to explain the shaped object moving very slowly
Allan Hendry's article in the airship reports, Cohen asks, "Can all about 200 feet over the ski bowl. It
February issue of Fate discusses the of the thousands upon thousands of looked white, with a pale glow on the
controversial "star map" allegedly people who believed that they saw an trailing edge. She then went outside
seen by Betty Hill inside a UFO in airship in 1896 and 1897 have been to view it but said it gave her an eerie
1961. Research by Marjorie Fish utterly wrong? In my view the feeling. Their house cat, she said,
seemed to provide evidence that the answer to that is yes." While I went "bananas" during the sighting.
Hills' captors hailed from Zeta 1 and 2 disagree with Cohen's conclusion, She thought- the UFO seemed larger
Reticuli. Hendry now asserts that a that is not my major objection to the than an average helicopter. It moved
new astronomical technique ("speckle book. I only wish it had been more slowly through the area and disap-
interferometry") has shown Zeta 2 complete, with a great deal of new peared beyond the trees.
Reticuli to be a binary star system, material provided by the author. The
supposedly eliminating it from the book is available from: Dodd-Mead, (Note: Chuck Coufal's sketch shows a
category of stars having habitable 79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY lenticular object viewed edge-on,
planets. Considering the number of 10016. The price is $9.95. with its length about 3.5 times its
astronomical textbooks which have Fate magazine is one of the pioneers thickness.)

The international stature of the were never activated due to lack of of the ACUFOS Bulletin.
Mutual UFO Network will be reaf- leadership or a premature demise. Ahmad Jamaludin, Representative
firmed when the 1982 MUFON UFO The most successful net has been for West Malaysia, recently mailed
Symposium is held in Toronto, On- meeting regularly every Saturday MUFON the third edition of his
tario, Canada on July 2, 3, and 4 at the morning at 1300 U.T. (0800 E.S.T., privately published "Malaysian UFO
Westbury Hotel, hosted by the On- 0700 C.S.T.) on 7237 KHz in the Bulletin." It is a not-for-subscription
tario group and host chairman, Henry 40-meter band under the direction of biannual publication for the
H. McKay, MUFON Regional Direc- the Net Control station NlJS for over dissemination of UFO reports from
tor for Canada. Confirmed speakers 7 years. Joe Santangelo, Amateur Malaysia and Southeast Asia to major
are Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Stanton T. Radio Director, Eastern Regional UFO investigative bodies. Mr.
Friedman, David Haisell, and ten- Director, and State Director for Jamaludin's address is Makmal
tative speakers Arthur Bray and Massachusetts has submitted his an- Diagnosa, Veterinary Dept., Kuantan,
William L. Moore. Plans are develop- nual report of the amateur radio sta- Pahang, Malaysia.
ing for the 1982 UFO Summit tions who have "checked into the net" Anastasios D. Panos, MUFON
meeting in Toronto on July 4th when weekly. He was ably assisted by alter- Representative for Greece and
representatives or heads of each of nate net control stations WA3QLW, Amateur Radio Operator SVlIG, has
the major UFO organizations will WA4RPU and K8NQN. W0 NC in mailed two newspaper clippings from
meet to map a strategy plan for the St. Louis, K8NQN and W5UAA Greek newspapers that indicate there
future of UFOlogy in North America, relayed information from the Boston is still interest in his country in the
utilizing the talent and cooperation of area to WA5CTJ in San Antonio, UFO phenomenon. Since MUFON
each organization. Please refer to the Texas when conditions required. The does not have a Greek translator
proposals made in the December following amateur radio stations have readily available, Mr. Panos has
1981 issue of the Journal for greater participated in this unique com- translated the published articles to
detail. munications system: NlJS, WlZFl, English. The headlines for the article
Michael Sinclair, International WA1MRH, WA3QLW, K4HXC, appearing on November 15, 1981
Coordinator, has announced the ap- WA4RPU, K8RUF, WdNC, stated:
pointment of Sidney Abrahams to be WAdTEQ, KB2DP, K8NQN,
After Macedonia and Thessaly, Our
the MUFON Representative and WA5CTJ, WA2OQJ, WlLHV, skies full of ... UFOs. Thessaloniki, 14 —
Director for Jamaica. Mr. Abrahams is WAlROX, WA4NKZ, WA2KWW, For the third time lighted objects were
the Consul General for the Jamaican KC8AG, WB2SQX, W 5 U A A , sighted over Greek (air) space and the
Consulate and resides at 8375 S.W. WA0OBN, WlSGA, K A 4 N J R , strange (part) is that their appearance was
102 Street, Miami, FL 33156. Recom- WD8ARZ, W8ZDX, KOYEF/M, tracked by radar located on Hortiatis
mended by Norman Bean, State WA0TEQ/8, KA8CCU, NlBDC, and
Director for Florida, Mr. Abrahams WD8BDL.
The second article datelined
has a B.S. (E.E.) and M.S. (Manage- In cooperation with CUFOS and
November 27, 1981 concerned a For-
ment) with specialized interest in MUFON, Fred Merritt was invited to
tean phenomenon. The headline read
UFO propulsion systems. Thomas M. submit a new computer input form
"Pieces of Blue Ice fell from the sky
Patterson, 306 Halifax St., Danville, that could be used to enter the perti-
on the roof of a house." May we ex-
VA 24540 has accepted the position nent information directly from
press our appreciation to Anastasios
of State Section Director for Halifax MUFON Form 2 to UFOCAT. This
for these news clippings. The address
and Henry Counties. has been done and it will be incor-
for Mr. Panos is P.O. Box 2563,
Upon the recommendation of Peter porated as a new and revised Form 2
Athens, Greece. He regretfully
Rank, M.D., Consultant in Radiology, in the third edition of the MUFON
reports that "Phaethon," the only
Howard L. Garber, Ph.D., 4813 Sher- Field Investigator's Manual.
association for the research of the
wood Road, Madison, WI 53711 has Keith Basterfield, Continental
UFO phenomenon in Greece, has
volunteered his expertise as a Consul- Coordinator for Australia/New
been disbanded.
tant in Psychology. Kenneth K. Zealand, has submitted his bimonthly
Dennis Pilichis, Box 5012, Rome,
Pawson, 380 Capri Crescent N.W., report to MUFON containing (l)
OH 44085 was one of the first to re-
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2L lB2 ACUFOS Bulletins for November
spond to your Director's invitation to
has recently joined MUFON as a and December 1981 and January
both members and book dealers to
Research Specialist in Hypnosis and as 1982, (2) a copy of the TUFOIC
assist in expanding MUFON's library
a Field Investigator. Newsletter of October 1981, and (3) a
of UFO and related books and pub-
Several UFO organizations have list of publications available from
lications. He has proposed a generous
announced the formation of Amateur ACUFOS (Australian Centre for UFO
Radio Nets, however, most of them Studies). Mr. Basterfield is a co-editor (continued on page 18)